Maytag Side-by Side Overload Protector

By 17 April 2015

The overload protector prevents the compressor from burning out its electrical windings in the event the compressor becomes overheated or draws too much current. The overload trips, opening the circuit to the compressor. If it does this repeatedly, the compressor is said to be cycling on the overload.

Cycling on the overload may be caused by:
1. Insufficient air circulation around the compressor and condenser.
2. Pull-down on the compressor, caused by a large quantity of warm food placed in the refrigerator.
3. Compressor stalling due to lack of pressure unloading.
4. Low line voltage.
5. Defective start relay.
6. Defective winding in the compressor or shorted windings.